Nearly Naked ‘Skeletons’ To Proclaim ‘I Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead’ In Animal Skins

PETA Will Highlight Horrors of Fur, Wool, Leather, and Down Production

For Immediate Release:
October 24, 2016

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

New OrleansWhat:    Just in time for Halloween, three PETA members wearing little more than black-and-white bodypaint will pose as “skeletons” in upright coffins in New Orleans on Tuesday with signs proclaiming, “I Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead in Fur/Wool/Leather/Down.”

When:    Tuesday, October 25, 12 noon

Where:    Intersection of Canal and Bourbon streets, New Orleans

“People who still wear animal skins have skeletons in their closet,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s haunting display calls on shoppers to save gentle sheep, cows, foxes, rabbits, and geese from horrific slaughter by choosing vegan coats, jackets, sweaters, and accessories.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—has revealed that sheep are beaten, punched, kicked, and even killed by impatient shearers in the wool industry. Animals killed for fur are caged, bludgeoned, electrocuted, and even skinned alive. Cows endure all the horrors of the meat industry—including castration, branding, and dehorning—before they are skinned for leather, and birds used for down spend their entire lives in crowded, filthy sheds until their throats are slit.

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